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Vol. 62, No. 3

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OCTOBER 11-13, 2000


Louis Gordon '62 (DMA) was a featured artist during an "Eastman in the Berkshires" concert, presented by Crissey Concerts (founded by Harrington Crissey '66RC) and Composer Services, Inc., on October 10, 1999, in Reading, Pa. Gordon and his wife, Anita, played his 1999 composition Wall Street. The concert also featured the music of John Davison (see '59 Eastman) and former Eastman School director Howard Hanson.


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Aiko Onishi

Aiko Onishi, former student of Cécile Gerhart, sends an update: After graduation she studied extensively with Frank Mannheimer and Dame Myra Hess. In addition to performing, she has taught at San Jose State University and continues to teach at her home in California as well as in Japan. Her book Pianism has been published by Caravan and is available at


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Epitaph and Scherzo (for violin, clarinet, and piano), by Sydney Hodkinson '58 (MM), was performed at Christ & St. Stephen's Church in New York City last November as part of a concert series presented by Composers Concordance, Inc.


Dominic Argento (PhD) (see Alumni Gazette, 'Mannerist' Music). . . . Nicholas DiVirgilio is the chair of the opera committee at the University of Illinois School of Music. He writes that the group's outreach program, Youth Opera Preparation and Education, has played to 40,000 students in grades ranging from kindergarten through high school.


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The music and life of John Davison (PhD) were memorialized in a concert on October 1, 1999, in Philadelphia, presented by Crissey Concerts (founded by Harrington Crissey '66RC) and Composer Services, Inc. Davison, who died last year, was a longtime music teacher at Haverford College.


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Diane Gold Toulson writes that she and her husband, Smith, a clarinetist, have been invited to perform with the Cygnus Chamber Ensemble in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in August at the 2000 International Double Reed Society Convention.


John Wyre, William Cahn '68, and Robert Becker '69, '71 (MM) report that they and the additional members of the group NEXUS were inducted into the Percussive Arts Society's Hall of Fame at the society's International Convention in October. During the 1999-2000 season, the group plans guest appearances with the Chicago and Minnesota Orchestras, as well as solo recitals in São Paulo, Brazil, and at concerts in the United States and Canada.


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Joyce Castle (MM) (see Alumni Gazette, Star Turn).


William Cahn (see '63 Eastman).


Robert Becker '71 (MM) (see '63 Eastman). . . . Paul Van Ness '72 (MM), who heads the piano department at the California State University at Los Angeles, writes that he completed two recordings, concertos by Mozart and Arensky, for the Music Minus One label. During the summer, he also produced the sixth bi-annual List Glenn Institute International Music Festival at the Cal State campus, where he and fellow classmate Neal Larrabee '70 performed the opening recital. The List Glenn Institute was formed in 1985 as a memorial to Eastman professors Eugene List and Carroll Glenn.


Percussionist Geary Larrick (MM) writes that he plays the piano monthly and the marimba weekly at the Lincoln Senior Citizen Center in Stevens Point, Wis.


Robert Becker (MM) (see '63 Eastman).


Paul Van Ness (MM) (see '69 Eastman).


Laura Angus Yount '75 (MM) (see '80 Eastman).


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Dorothy Darlington, who has been appointed to the faculty of Western Connecticut State University, reports that she is busy freelancing and performing chamber music. She writes that she enjoyed taking part in the millennium show on the Mall in Washington, D.C., where she played English horn in a performance that included John Williams, Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman, Renée Fleming '85 (MM), and Bobby McFerrin. She also played principal oboe for a concert with the New York Philharmonic. She reports that she is enjoying doing real estate and having a great time with sons William, 61/2, and Jonathan, 3.


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Glenn Call '83 (MM) sends an update: From 1976-81, he was in the U.S. Marine Band. A Yamaha clinician, Call was a member of the Eastman faculty (1981-83), and taught at Nazareth College (1982-88), and at SUNY College at Fredonia (1997-99). He currently teaches German in Rochester. . . . Terry (DMA) and Laura Angus Yount '73, '75 (MM) e-mail that they have relocated to the Orlando, Fla., area. Terry is the organist and choir director of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, PCA, and directs the activities of his national annual symposium, Church Music at a Crossroads ( Laura is the music director at the Geneva School, a classical Christian school, where she oversees the music education program for K-12 grades.


Diane Belcher (MM) writes that her seventh recording is the first of the new Glatter-Götz/Rosales organ in Claremont, Calif., for the JAV label. Her 1999-2000 season included solo performances in Dallas, San Diego, Charlottesville, Va., Minneapolis, Syracuse, and Memphis. In addition, she was organ soloist for the annual convention of the American Institute of Organ Building. She also reports that she and her husband, John Ayer, now have three children. Their youngest, Christian Deming Ayer, was born in July. . . . Glenn Call (MM) (see '80 Eastman). . . . Trombonist Michael Davis led a day-long workshop and evening concert for trombonists during a stop at Fairport (N.Y.) High School in December. Davis, a studio musician who has played with such musical legends as Frank Sinatra, Beck, and Aretha Franklin, has held "Trombone Circuses" throughout the country to help rekindle interest in the instrument.


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Eric Davidson e-mails that he is a music buyer with Valley Media, Inc., in Woodland, Calif. He has been working in the recorded music industry for the past 12 years. Valley Media is a wholesale music and video distributor.


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Renée Fleming (MM) starred as the Marschallin in the Metropolitan Opera matinee radio broadcast of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier. . . . Pianist Rebecca McNutt (DMA) sends an update: She is professor and chair of the department of music and director of the chamber music series at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. While on sabbatical in 1998-99, McNutt held Sweet Briar's faculty fellowship and Eastman's post-doctorate fellowship, and performed throughout Europe and the United States. During 1999-2000, she is sponsoring Carol Frierson-Campbell, an Eastman Ph.D. candidate in music education, as a Jessie Ball DuPont Scholar-in-Residence. She presented the professional debut of the Atlantica Trio, comprising Eastman students Laura Motchalov (violin), Luke Pomorski (cello), and Toko Suzuki (piano), as part of the Chamber Music Series at Sweet Briar. McNutt also is the founder of Arts at Rivendell, a celebration of Virginia's most outstanding visual artists, poets, writers, actors, and musicians.


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Fritz Gearhart '88 (MM) reports that he made his third consecutive appearance in the Mid-America concert series in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with pianist John Owings on September 21. The following evening, he was featured in the Casadesus Centennial Concert, also at Weill Recital Hall, where he met Gaby Casadesus, 97-year-old wife of composer/pianist Robert Casadesus. He writes that plans are being made to record the Casadesus material, including the Sonata No. 2, Hommage e Chausson, and the works performed at Carnegie Hall. Gearhart is performing all 10 Beethoven Sonatas for violin and piano this year during three concerts at Beall Hall at the University of Oregon, where he is assistant professor of violin. He adds: "The Gearhart family is enjoying Oregon and finds that its climate is not too different from Rochester--just without the snow! Anya continues her violin studies and Dad is very proud!"


Brian Chilton e-mails that he begins the year 2000 with a new appointment as an attorney in the Office of the Independent Counsel in Washington, D.C., where he will help investigate ongoing issues from the original Clinton-Whitewater investigation begun by former prosecutor Kenneth Starr. He lives in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Lori, and their daughter, Lindsay, 3. They are expecting their second child in June, Brian notes. . . . William Warfield (DMA) returned to Rochester in January for two concerts. He sang at an afternoon recital at the Harley School, and he was the narrator for Eastman Professor Joseph Schwantner's New Morning for the World, a composition that features the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., during a performance with the Eastman Philharmonia at the Eastman Theatre.


Drummer John Hollenbeck '91 (MM) was profiled as a "drummer with marvelous technique" in an article in the October 15 New York Times. He composes for and performs with his bands, the Claudia Quartet and the Lucy Quartet. . . .
Deborah Imiolo-Schriver

Deborah Imiolo-Schriver writes that she is the music teacher at Heritage Heights Elementary School (K-5) in Amherst, N.Y., where she lives with her husband, Lou Schriver. She also teaches Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 (a teacher training class) at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She is accredited by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and was a presenter at the American Orff-Schulwerk Association National Conference in 1998. She adds that she has presented at the New York State School Music Association summer conferences and participated in many Orff-Schulwerk workshops focusing on percussion and mallet technique for children presented to music teachers around the country.


Caroline Whiddon reports that she has been in Vermont for two years and is the executive director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association. The organization hosts three full symphony orchestras and two string orchestras and is in the planning stages of a capital campaign to create its own home.


Pianist Lelia Molthrop performed Schubert's song cycle Die schone Mullerin with tenor David Sadlier at the St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans in October.


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Mariusz Smolij (DMA), assistant director of orchestras at Northwestern University, was the first guest conductor of the season for the Omaha Symphony in November.

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